When George Romero was filming his original Dawn of the Dead during the winter of 1976-77, he was joined by a film student keen to make a documentary charting the progress of the shopping mall film set. The documentary eventually turned out to be Document of the Dead by Roy Frumkes, and it still remains one of the best 'making of' documentaries available (especially within the horror genre). Frumkes even got a great zombie cameo in the film (he's the first zombie to get pie-faced by the marauding biker).
Now we hear that Frumkes is back behind the hand-held digi-cams as he has just been commissioned to film a new documentary to accompany Romero's latest dead film, Land of the Dead, currently shooting in Toronto. Not only that, but he has also posted a short 'appetite-whetting' article of his time so far on set on http://www.cinemaeye.com/.
Frumkes writes: "It was a call out of the blue. Mike Ruggiero at the Independent Film Channel was curious to know if I would be available to direct and host a TV special on the Toronto location of George Romero’s LAND OF THE DEAD. Does a zombie know how to bite? I was already packing my suitcase, and the shoot was still two weeks off."
As well as mentioning meetings with John Leguizamo and Tom Savini, Frumkes has revelead just enough to increase our excited factor for this film tenfold (as if we weren't pumped enough already!)
30th May 04 When the guests do arrive, they have an amusing habit of dying. This is obviously bad for business and so, with family honour in jeopardy they take quite quickly to hiding the bodies, usually accompanied by some big musical number.